First-of-its-kind fund launched to support programs serving Minnesota’s Native children

  • First-of-its-kind fund launched to support programs serving Minnesota’s Native children

    28 January 2019

    Healthy Children Healthy Nations Fund to focus on improving early childhood development and nutrition in Native American communities

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Better Way Foundation, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced the establishment of a new collaborative fund to help Native children thrive in reservation and urban settings. The Healthy Children Healthy Nations (HCHN) Fund is the first donor-advised fund dedicated to supporting innovation in and the expansion of early childhood development and childhood nutrition programs in Minnesota’s Native communities.

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  • Farm Bill heads to conference committee

    FNX | First Nations Experience

    13 August 2018
  • Native Farm Bill Coalition praises Senate’s bipartisan Farm Bill

    28 June 2018

    Inclusion of Native American-related provisions can provide new opportunities for tribal governments and Native producers to address conservation, rural development, credit, food access, and dietary health in Indian Country

    The member tribes and tribal organizations of the Native Farm Bill Coalition today praise the U.S. Senate’s passage of its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, and express their great appreciation to the bipartisan group of United States senators who worked to ensure that measures which are important to Native American tribes and producers were included to make this historic investment in Indian Country food and agriculture production, infrastructure, and economic development.

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  • Senate consideration of draft Farm Bill offers Indian Country more opportunities to fight its food and nutrition crisis

    12 June 2018

    Roberts-Stabenow bill represents “good start,” but additional Native food sovereignty measures are still sought by Indian Country

    The Native Farm Bill Coalition, a collaboration of more than 160 Native American tribes and allied groups, today stated its appreciation for the inclusion of provisions relating to Indian Country in the newly released, bipartisan Senate version of the draft Farm Bill. Coalition members also expressed their continuing resolve to persuade the Senate to add key Indian Country provisions still missing from the draft Farm Bill before it is marked up in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, June 13.

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  • Notah Begay III Foundation and Shakopee tribe team up to promote healthy beverage consumption in Native communities

    10 May 2018

    $250,000 SMSC grant to expand foundation’s Water First! initiative

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today a $250,000 grant to the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation to expand its Water First! healthy beverage initiative. Awarded through the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, the new funding will expand the initiative, which focuses on reducing Native American children’s consumption of sugary beverages and increasing their access to and intake of safe drinking water. The SMSC’s contribution augments funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other contributors.

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  • New report outlines framework to improve early childhood development and nutrition for Minnesota’s Native children

    27 March 2018

    Partners create new collaborative fund to support investments in Native children

    Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Better Way Foundation today released a report outlining a multifaceted framework to improve early childhood development and childhood nutrition among Minnesota’s Native American children. The report was developed as a part of Healthy Children, Healthy Nations, an initiative that convened practitioners, funders, and tribal leaders to discuss ways to improve the health and well-being of Minnesota’s Native children and ensure better educational and social outcomes.

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  • American Indian Cancer Foundation, Shakopee tribe, and American Heart Association jointly award $175,000 in health grants to five Native American organizations

    12 March 2018

    Fertile Ground Grant Program promotes planning of health and nutrition policy work benefiting Native American communities

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., March 12, 2018 — The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) today announced grant awards totaling $175,000 in its partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s (SMSC) Seeds of Native Health initiative and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Five $35,000 grants to Native American organizations will support innovative nutrition- and health-focused advocacy efforts under the partnership’s new, competitive Fertile Ground Grant Program.

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  • Shakopee tribe and American Heart Association launch new health initiative with American Indian Cancer Foundation

    10 November 2017

    Fertile Ground Grant Program will promote planning of health and nutrition policy work benefiting Native American communities

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) today announced the creation of a $200,000 grant program to support innovative nutrition-based, health-focused advocacy efforts in Native American communities. The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) will serve as the intermediary partner for the new Fertile Ground Grant Program, administering the program and providing technical assistance to grant recipients.

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  • Shakopee tribe, Walmart Foundation, and Kullman family collaborate to fund major Johns Hopkins pilot project in Native American communities

    16 October 2017

    Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health will deliver and evaluate innovative nutrition, food access, and physical fitness program

    Baltimore, Maryland – The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) announced today a funding collaboration to support its Healthy Futures initiative, a comprehensive program designed to significantly improve health and nutrition in tribal communities.

    The collaboration includes a $250,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign to improve Native American nutrition; a $150,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation; and support from the Michael and Ellen Kullman family.

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  • Economic and dietary health of Native Americans hangs in the balance with 2018 Farm Bill, according to major new report

    12 June 2017

    Most comprehensive assessment ever written of Farm Bill risks and opportunities for tribes, Native American producers, and urban Native American communities lays the foundation for unified advocacy

    Current efforts by the United States Congress to write the 2018 Farm Bill will have significant consequences for the 5 million Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the United States. A new tribal report concludes that Native communities must be prepared to better advocate for their interests, defend programs on which their most vulnerable members depend, and look for new ways to achieve greater food sovereignty and food security through increased self-reliance and reform of federal policies.

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